Everyone at Innoval Technology is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. We also believe the Bloodhound LSR project provides a powerful means of showcasing the technical capabilities of aluminium, which is the material of choice for a host of parts from the car’s wheels to its body panels. For these reasons, we have offered our world-class aluminium expertise to the Bloodhound LSR engineering team as a Product Sponsor.
The land speed record project consists of two phases. The first phase is to set a new world land speed record of over 800mph. The second phase, which will be to reach 1,000mph, will take place after a review by the team to see if it’s possible/practical.
This amazing car’s wheels are made from aluminium (AA7037, an aerospace alloy). We’ve been part of the wheel team, where we helped to select the alloy and work out the supply chain, since the project started. Furthermore, we’ve also used our labs in Banbury for defect analysis. You can read more about our involvement here.
An important aim of the Bloodhound LSR project is to inspire students to study STEM subjects at school and university. As well as creating a whole host of educational programmes, the Bloodhound LSR Education Team has recruited ambassadors whose job it is to visit schools and use the project to communicate science and engineering in a fun and inspiring way. One of our process engineers, Timothy Clemson, is a School Ambassador.
We’ve also created educational resources which focus on aluminium and other light metals through our links with The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. These are available for teachers and Ambassadors to download.
Find out more about the Bloodhound LSR Education Team here
Images courtesy of Charlie Sperring and Tom McCarthy.